City receives forfeiture money

MELVINDALE – The city has received a favorable default judgment of forfeiture for $1.27 million in U.S. currency seized July 7 along with a 1999 Freightliner tractor and a 2001 trailer.

Wayne County Prosecutor Brian Moody informed Police Chief Rick Cadez that all of the time limits for appeals of Wayne County Circuit Court judgments have passed. The city now may begin to spend the seized money as well as sell the truck and trailer.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, which handled all of the proceedings, is legally eligible to receive 10 percent of the currency seized ($127,000), 10 percent of the determined value of the truck and trailer, and $366 for the filing and service fees owed to the Prosecutor’s Office.

“I would like to especially thank Officers (John) Allen and (Ellis) Slaughter for their exemplary work in the seizure,” Cadez said, “and all of the Melvindale police officers that work hard to make the city of Melvindale a safe place to live, work and play.”